Purpose of the Pseudonym Form

Purpose of the Pseudonym Form
These forms are for the use of individuals who have been victims of Sexual Assault (Tex. Code Crim. Proc.
Chapter 57, Art. 57.01), Family Violence (Tex. Code Crim. Proc. Chapter 57B, Art. 57B.01), or Human Trafficking ( Tex. Code Crim. Proc. Chapter 57D, Art. 57D). The form requests law enforcement to remove the
victim’s name from public files and records concerning the offense, including policy summary reports, press
releases, and records of judicial proceedings. A pseudonym, or fictitious name, will be used instead of the
victim’s name to designate the victim in all public files and records concerning the offense. The victim must
understand the pseudonym is only used in records concerning the offense, and not for other public files and
records that are not related to the offense.
Roles and Responsibilities of the Victim
It is the victim’s responsibility to complete the form and submit it to the law enforcement agency investigating the offense for which they are a victim.
The victim should:
Complete all information requested on the pseudonym form (Leave the section that says “To Be Completed by Law Enforcement Officer” blank).
Under the “Release of Information” select what organizations they wish to have their real name and information provided to.
Return the completed form to the law enforcement agency investigating the offense.
Roles and Responsibilities of Law Enforcement
It is Law Enforcement’s responsibility to notify victims they have the right to use pseudonyms and ensure the
request is completed.
Law Enforcement should:
Explain the purpose of the pseudonym form.
Inform the victim that the pseudonym will replace the victim’s name only in public files and records concerning the offense.
Assist the victim in filling out the form.
According to Tex. Code Crim. Proc. Chapter 57, Art. 57.02(e) , Chapter 57B, Art. 57B.02(e), and Chapter57D,
Art. 57D.02(e), upon receipt of the form the law enforcement agency shall:
Remove the victim’s name and replace it with the pseudonym in all reports, files, and records in the agency’s possession.
Notify the attorney for the state of the pseudonym and that the victim has elected to be designated by
the pseudonym
Maintain the form in a manner that protects the confidentiality of the information contained in the form.
All information will be kept confidential
Law Enforcement Agency:
Phone Number
Case # or Cause #:
Pseudonym *
Real Name
Real Address
Real Phone # (day)
Alternate Contact Name
Alternate Contact Phone # (day)
* This name will be used in all public files to take the place of your real name. Your correct address and
phone number will also be protected. (Texas Code of Criminal Procedure, Chapter 57B).
To assist law enforcement with their investigation and obtain further assistance, I give permission for specific
limited release of my real name, address, and phone number. By checking the following, my real information
may be released to these specified agencies.
Local advocacy program
Local, State or Federal Attorney’s Office
Local, State, or Federal Law Enforcement Agency
Medical Insurance Carrier
Crime Victims’ Compensation Program
Local, State, or Federal restitution payment office
Survivor Signature (please use real name)
_________________________________________ ______________
Law Enforcement Officer Signature
Badge number
The following program is available to you: _____________________________________________________
Advocacy Program name and phone number (to be filled in by officer)
For more information please contact:
The Office of the Attorney General
Crime Victim Services Division MC 011
PO Box 12548
Austin, TX 78711-2548
Phone: (512) 936-1200
Email: [email protected]
Revised 07/12